Why is the library asking for an additional millage?
The library will not be able to maintain current services and facility upkeep due to:
— Elimination of Personal Property Tax revenue.
— Continued decline of property tax revenue due to reduced property values.
— Reduction from 1.25 to 1.1147 mills due to the Headlee Amendment.
— Decline in other revenue sources.
What happens if the millage is successful?
Passing the library millage will ensure the library maintains its current hours of operation and continues to provide classes, materials and technology for all ages, allowing:
— Increased staff assistance with technology and research.
— Enhanced library facility and timely capital improvements.
— Continued leadership in technology.
— Additional events, books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and digital content for everyone.
What happens if the millage fails?
The library will close at least two days per week and lack of funding will diminish services, forcing:
— Reduction in library staff.
— Reduced access to library computers.
— Deeper cuts to the library materials budget.
— Decreased number of classes for all ages: storytime, computer classes, one-on-one instructional sessions, etc.
— Elimination of outreach services.
How does the library benefit the community?
— Supports an active, informed community by providing access to over 4.5 million items from 65 area libraries.
— Provides well-trained and knowledgeable staff to meet informational needs of the community.
— Offers high-speed Internet.
— Encourages kids to read through events like Summer Reading activities and storytime classes.